The number of detected COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh reached 1,02,292 with the detection of 3,803 new patients in the past 24 hours ending at 8:00am on Thursday.
Besides, 38 more people died of COVID-19 during the period taking to 1,343 the death toll from the novel coronavirus in the country.
Worldometers ranked Bangladesh 17th among the worst-hit countries as the country topped Canada in terms of detected patients on Thursday.
Bangladesh confirmed its first three COVID-19 infections on March 8 and it took just 103 days to cross the one mark of detected patients.
Directorate General of Health Services director general Abul Kalam Azad in the regular online bulletin said that the novel coronavirus would remain over two to three years in the country.
He said that rate of infection would decrease after few days, but it might not be realised seeing the number infection.
‘Many hidden and mild cases will be identified after increasing the number of tests,’ he argued.
In the bulletin, health services additional director general Nasima Sultana said that the rate of infection increased to 23.39 per cent of the people tested on Thursday, though it was 22–23 per cent in the past three days and 20–21 per cent in the previous three weeks.
She said that 16,259 samples were tested in the past 24 hours and 3,803 of them found positive for COVID-19.
Bangladesh is now on the 15th week of infection. Although the number detection and death increased manifold in recent weeks, the rate of infection remained 20–21 per cent in the past three consecutive weeks — 14th, 13th and 12th week.
The rate of infection was below 16 per cent until 11th week and below 14 per cent until 10th week.
The infection and death, however, increased as the figures were 21,353 and 293 in the 14th week, 18,418 and 236 in the 13th week and 12,530 and 158 in the 12th week.
The detection started increasing from the 10th week after the government eased the lockdown by opening markets, shopping malls and factories.
In the 11th week, 11,083 people were detected and 138 died and in the 10th week 7,225 were detected and 100 died.
The number of detection was 4,980 with 29 deaths in the 9th week, and 3,792 with 35 deaths in 8th week.
Against the objections from the experts, the government on May 31 lifted restrictions on the public movement, resumed public transports services, businesses and offices.
Virologist Nazrul Islam said that the next two weeks would determine if the country was at the peak of the COVID-19 infections.
He said that the stable rate of infection in the previous three weeks created a hope that the country would now witness a downtrend in infection.
‘But successful implementation of restriction in zones — red, yellow and green regarding the severity of area-wise COVID-19 cases — would determine if we are going to control the situation,’ he said.
Nazrul, also former Bangabndhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University vice-chancellor, said that they were against the lifting of restrictions on the public life from May 31.
‘But the government did paid no heed to the opinion of the National Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 that was against the reopening,’ said Nazrul, a member of the National Technical Advisory Committee .